8 Ways to Quiet Your Inner Critic

Two types of voices come from inside you.

One is encouraging, and another one is the discouraging voice. 

Your inner critic is the inner voice that discourages you. This voice makes you believe that you are not good enough. 

Your confidence may shatter if you pay too much attention to this voice.

This voice spreads negativity around you and makes you feel you cannot do anything big in life. 

Negative self-talk can be destructive for you.

If you’re not confident enough about what you’re doing, it’s a high chance that you will fail. You will be your worst enemy if you don’t stop your inner critic. 

To succeed in life, confidence and motivation are two essential things you should have.

Your inner critic will make you lose all the motivation to step ahead. You will lose self-confidence. 

You’ll lose all the motivation if you constantly have negative whispers in the background. Whatever you think will influence how you feel and behave about something. 

Just suppose there is a colleague at your workplace who constantly criticizes you about your work. Will you feel bad about it? Will you want him to stop? Will you lose your confidence because of him? Yes, of course! Why would you let anyone else ruin your life?

The same is the case with the inner critic. You must stop your inner critic.

There’s no way you should accept criticism unless it’s for your betterment. 

You must make your inner critic silent.

Let’s see eight ways to make our inner critic silent.

Let’s get started! 

 

1. Meditation

 

Meditation helps you to be mindful of your thoughts.

It will help to focus more on the positive aspects than on the negative ones. 

When you meditate, you analyze your thoughts. You’ll soon realize that your thoughts are the main culprit holding you back.

You’ll feel the need to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. 

Or at least you’ll understand that you no longer need to pay much attention to your thoughts because they are taking you towards destruction. 

Same as uplifting thoughts uplift you in your actions; negative thoughts create negativity in and around you.

This negativity will never make you think about success. 

All you’ll think about are failures.

So you should analyze your thoughts and realize that you should change the pattern of your thinking the sooner you can. 

  

2. Gratitude

 

Gratitude helps you focus on all the positive things present in your life.

Just try to make a list of all the things that you think you should be thankful for. 

This will help you feel how lucky you are.

You will leave behind all the negative thoughts. 

 

Rumi said, “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”

 

Just realize you are blessed with so many things in life.

You should be thankful for all those things.

When God can give you this much without you even asking for it, he can give you much more in life.

Be grateful for what you have, and your Lord will provide you with more. 

Gratitude also makes man content at heart, leaving behind the negativity. 

 

3. Stop comparing yourself to others

 

Comparing yourself to others can be destructive.

Everyone is different and unique in their own way.

Comparison will only build up anxiety in you.

You must stop looking up to others and focus on your strengths. 

It would help if you only compare yourself to the previous you.

This will light the spark in you to thrive for a better self. 

 

4. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones

 

 Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

Too many negative thoughts won’t let you achieve anything positive in life. 

If you can’t help being negative, try to imagine the worst-case scenarios.

Imagine what it is like if the worst thing happens. 

For example, if you are nervous about the presentation, you are just about to present. Think what would be the worst-case scenario. Will you make any big blunder that would be embarrassing? So what? 

Just remind yourself that you are capable of handling any situation that comes your way.

Be confident and trust yourself.

 

5. Treat yourself as you would treat a dear friend

 

Treat yourself as you would treat a friend.

Imagine that a friend of yours is scared and nervous about something.

What would you tell him? 

You would never tell him anything negative.

You would try to be positive and make him think positively too.

You would never want him to lose hope. 

The same should be the case with yourself.

Advise yourself on something positive same as you would do to your friend.

Make yourself think positively, and don’t lose hope. 

  

6. Be productive 

 

Sometimes the negative thoughts we constantly get in our heads need to be addressed.

It would not be wise if you always neglect them. 

If you know you are falling behind at something, you should work on it.

Be productive and start tracking your goals.

Start working, even if it is baby steps. 

  

7. Keep reminding yourself of success

 

Keep reminding yourself of success.

Remind yourself that if you keep thinking about failures, you may fail.

To succeed in life, you need to be positive. 

Think about the positive outcomes of everything you are doing. Be confident. 

Make your inner critic quiet, and always listen to the motivation that comes from inside you.

You will only feel motivated when you shut down the inner critic or don’t pay attention to him. 

 

8. Remind yourself of your strengths 

 

No one is perfect, and no one in this world is without strengths.

Every person has many strengths.

You lack one thing in your personality, but at the same time, you must be good at something else. 

People who seem perfect to you even have some downsides.

Maybe your personality includes a strength that they don’t have. 

Just focus on this thing God has created everyone with a purpose. No living thing is useless. 

Even you have the strength, and you also have a purpose for this life.

Only if you focus on positive things can you have a wonderful future.

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